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Top Things to Do in San Diego: Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2013

Halloween week means lots of spooky events around San Diego, but there’s more happening this week than just parading ghosts and goblins. The traditions of Mexico at Dia de los Muertos celebrations, zombies walking at a local theater, and  some post-Halloween fun at a local street fair are all part of the top things to do in San Diego, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3:

Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Carlsbad Village Faire San Diego 2013

Families will find plenty to do at the Carlsbad Village Faire

Checking out street festivals when you travel to a new city provides real insight on the town, the people, and the local culture.  From downtown San Diego, take the family on a scenic Coaster ride headed north to discover why the nation’s largest single day street fair takes place in this beautiful seaside community.

Where: Grand Ave (between Carlsbad Blvd & Jefferson St) Carlsbad, CA 92008
When: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
>Find our more about the Carlsbad Fall Village Faire

Plancha Baja Med Halloween Pop-Up Dinner

plancha baja med chad white pop up halloween dinner at frauds and swindlers 2013 san diego

Sample Chef Chad White Baja-Med cuisine at a special pop-up dinner

Local chef Chad White from Plancha Baja Med takes over downtown’s Frauds & Swindlers cocktail lounge for an evening of delectable cuisine and libations. The “black & white” themed menu features creative dishes like oyster-coconut cream soup and ash-cured pork belly. The evening also features a costume contest, live music and dancing into the wee hours.

Where: 820 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101
When: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Cost: $70 per person
>See the complete dinner menu

Spooky Silent Films

 

Teeny Tiny Orchestra Silent Horror Movies on Halloween UCSD Geisel Library San Diego 2013

Scott Paulson’s Teeny Tiny Orchestra

If modern horror films with all the blood and guts aren’t your thing, check out The Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra’s presentation of Horror on Halloween. The event features scary silent films paired with live music and sounds. Audience participation in creating the creepy film scores is encouraged (have you ever tried to play a Theremin?).

Where: 9500 Gilman Dr. (Seuss Room at the Geisel Library, UCSD), La Jolla, CA 92093
When: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Horror on Halloween

Dia de Los Muertos at Fiesta de Reyes

Dia de los Muertos day of the dead Old Town San Diego 2013

The processional begins at the 2012 Dia de los Muertos celebration in Old Town San Diego

As a part of the Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos celebration, Fiesta de Reyes and Old Town San Diego State Historic Park will celebrate the Day of the Dead with live music, folklorico dancing, face painting, crafts for children and a tour of more than 15 altars on Nov. 1 to 3. Visitors won’t be disappointed by the extensive Day of the Dead display at Fiesta de Reyes and the special-themed menu at Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon.

Where: 2754 Calhoun St  San Diego, CA 92110
When: Nov. 1 – 3, 2013
Time: 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
>Find out more about Dia de los Muertos in Old Town San Diego

Día de los Muertos – Honoring Mexico’s Singers & Composers

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Dia de los Muertos in music at the San Diego Symphony

The San Diego Symphony hosts an evening honoring the music of some of Mexico’s most beloved singers and composers during a celebration of Día de los Muertos, Mexico’s colorful and magical tradition. San Diego favorite Mónica  Ábrego, Metropolitan opera veteran  José Luis Duval and one of the most famous mariachi musicians in the world, Rafael Palomar take the stage to perform passionate and exciting music.  With world-class singers and world-class mariachi, don’t miss this classic take on a cross border tradition.

Where: 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101
When: Friday, November 1, 2013
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $20 – $85
>Find out more about Dia de los Muertos at the San Diego Symphony

Technomania Circus: Dia de los Zombies

Zombie show at Technomania Circus San Diego 2013

There’s no telling what crazy antics you’ll encounter at the Technomania Circus

Held in a spooky former church, Technomania Circus presents ‘Dia de los Zombies’ on Friday and Saturday Nov. 1 & 2. Seek shelter from wandering zombies on the Day of the Dead in this spooky ex-church and be amused by circus performers of the live and undead variety while you await your inevitable fate.

Where: 2558 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92102
When: Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $10
>Find out more about the Dia de los Zombies

Need even more ideas for what to do in San Diego? Browse the San Diego Event Calendar

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

Summer is officially here and what better way to celebrate than to get outside and enjoy one of these outdoor activities this weekend in San Diego!

> Find Even More Great Events on SanDiego.org

1. La Jolla Festival of the Arts

La Jolla Festival of the Arts

The festival takes place June 23rd & 24th on the campus of UC San Diego at Warren Field. The “La Jolla” is one of the most prestigious juried art shows in the country and will once again feature over 190-award winning artists, along with live chalk art creations, art performances, delicious and healthy cuisines, adult beverage libations and live entertainment throughout the weekend.

2. 33rd Annual Ocean Beach Street Fair and Chili Cookoff

OB Street Fair and Chili Cook-off

Thousands flock to Newport Ave. and surrounding areas each year on the 4th Saturday in June. They come for the live music and entertainment, unique vendors, talented artists, thrilling rides, refreshing beer garden, and so much more! It’s a free festival, with fun for the entire family!

3. San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo

San Diego Zoo’s Nighttime Zoo

Come to the Zoo when the animals come alive. The extended hours of Nighttime Zoo – from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm – give guests more time to visit the more than 4,500 rare and endangered animals at the Zoo.

4. San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners

Padres at PETCO Park

Catch the Padres take on the Mariners at PETCO Park

The Padres take on the Mariners at PETCO Park June 22-24. Friday night’s game features fireworks and the Ultimate Cookout. Bring the kids on Sunday for Kids Run the Bases and US Army Appreciation.

> Full Padres Home Schedule

5. Summer Concert Series at Coronado Ferry Landing

Coronado Ferry Landing Concert

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

Pack a blanket and head over the bridge to Coronado for the Coronado Ferry Landing’s free concert series. Catch Dixie Jazz Katz on Saturday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm or Velvet Cafe on Sunday.

> Listen to a Summer Full of Free Summer Concerts

What do you have planned for the weekend in San Diego?

Suzzanne

5 to Try This Weekend

Adams Avenue Business Association

1. The 30th Adams Avenue Street Fair: Southern California’s largest free two-day all-ages music festival will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday, September 25, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This year’s Adam’s Avenue Street Fair will include more than 70 musical acts performing on six stages. Street Fair attendees will enjoy a variety of music, including blues, rock, rotts-rock, indie, world, and jazz.

Photo by Manuel Rotenberg

2. Trolley Dances: Dancers invade trolley stations throughout San Diego and perform for everyday public-transportation riders and dance aficionados alike. Dances start at 10:00 am and go until 4:00 pm Thursday and Friday September 23-24.

3. 14th Annual Chrysler Classic Speed Festival: This spectator-friendly vintage auto race, featuring over 200 classic cars, takes over the runways of Naval Air Station North Island along a 1.6-mile course. Races run Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25.

4. Pacific Islander Festival: The cultures, foods, crafts and customs of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia are showcased at Ski Beach on Mission Bay Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25.

5. Chula Vista Centennial Harbor Days: San Diego County’s largest southern city celebrates its century-old history at this two-day family-friendly extravaganza. Harbor Days runs from Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, September 25 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.